Module 03: Job Search

Online Applicant Tracking Systems

Different pictures of cartoons applying online, with the caption, "Online Applications-6 Simple Steps".

When you approach an employer about a job opportunity, they may advise you to complete an application on their website. Many companies use online applicant tracking systems (ATS) to streamline their recruitment process because it is cheaper and easier than handling it manually. However, for the job seeker it can feel like your application has fallen into a black hole… You spend a lot of time trying to get it just right, but rarely hear a response back from the employer.

Here are six tips that will help make your online applications stand out:

Optimize your Resume for Applicant Tracking Systems


Practice optimizing a resume and cover letter for an applicant tracking system using the AI tool provided by

  • Go to¬†
  • Copy and paste a resume and job posting to the Jobscan Tool. Upload your resume
  • You will need to copy and paste in the advertised job description
  • Run a scan: Which missing skills are suggested by the AI tool?
  • Add the missing skills keywords to the resume and rescan to see if you are able to increase the match rate

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